Metropolitan Bishop Hilarion: In Space Humans Feel the Beauty of the Universe Much More Deeply

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  2. Митрополит Иларион: В космическом пространстве человек глубже соприкасается с красотой мирозданья
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  6. 09-02-2017
  7. Корзун, Валерий Григорьевич [Author]. Митрополит Иларион: В космическом пространстве человек глубже соприкасается с красотой мирозданья
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  9. Creationism - Outer Space - astronomy - Space exploration - Religion
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    1. <p>Корзун, Валерий Григорьевич (2016). Митрополит Иларион: В космическом пространстве человек глубже соприкасается с красотой мирозданья. <em>Русская Православная Церковь. Отдел внешних церковных связей</em>. Retrieved from: <a href=""></a> </p>
    1. This article is based on an interview between renown cosmonaut Valery Korzun and the Metropolitan Bishop Hilarion, which was originally televised on January 30, 2016 guest, where Korzun was a guest of "The Church and the World", on channel "Russia-24".

      Korzun believes that God appreciates space exploration, in particular if astronauts carry the name of God in their souls. Hilarion adds that if one cannot see God on Earth he or she will not see him in space either. God reveals himself on a different level, not visually but through the human heart. Korzun further develops his idea stating that space exploration does not only please God but should also prove the existence of the creator of the universe. Korzun thinks that the high risk for astronauts raises their awareness to the question of creation and belief in God. This questioning is strengthened by the feeling of detachment from earthly daily routines because of the intensity of the work in conducted space.

      Korzun provides an overview of work at the astronaut training-centre and explains that the centre has a priest (Priest Iov) on staff, and adds that the priest had taken the astronauts’ test in order to understand his congregation better.

      Korzun concludes that the universe could have not appeared by accident. Many things prove this according to Korzun: the tilt of the Earth’s axis, the planet’s mass and diameter, the balance of water and land, and the mineral resources necessary for human survival. All this, Korzun argues, is proof of the creation of a universe for human existence.

      Korzun tells of a time when, on a space station, his colleagues and himself used as much time as they could, even as far as sleeping less, in order to look at the Earth through illuminators. He recounts seeing French astronaut Claudie Heingnere (b. 1957) looking at the Earth and saying that she was in a state of bliss and felt absolutely happy. Korzun tells that many astronauts feel the same especially when they are in outer space and seeing the immense scale of the universe.